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United Way celebrates its successes

The local United Way has announced that Guelph Police Chief Bryan Larkin will lead the organization’s 2014 and 2015 fundraising campaigns.
“I am thrilled to be joining the United Way in this capacity,” Larkin said in a news release. “It’s a natural fit – volunteerism and building a strong, safe community go hand-in-hand with policing.”
The announcement came Monday as 250 United Way volunteers came together at an awards luncheon to celebrate the past year’s record-breaking campaign, which exceeded its goal and brought in $3.416 million, the release said. “Thanks to the generosity of our community, United Way is funding 57 agencies and 86 programs in the Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin area in 2014,” United Way executive director Ken Dardano said. “The increase in funds raised this year will allow us to better meet the emerging needs of the community,” he said.
At Monday’s event, Cargill Canada took the award for Campaign of the Year for its campaign, which saw employees raise $455,561 at Cargill facilities across the city. Almost half of Cargill’s employees donated this year, with 71 employees giving more than $1,000, the release said.
The Cargill team and Tina Swindells of the University of Guelph both received awards for leading outstanding workplace campaigns.
Companies that were recognized with United Way Spirit Awards included Agricorp, LCBO, Sleeman Breweries, Roctel Manufacturing, Guelph Hydro, Millenium 1 Solutions and Guelph General Hospital.
“More than 1,100 people volunteer their time to support United Way,” Jim Jarrell, last year’s campaign chair and chief operating officer at Linamar, said in the release. “It is their hard work and dedication, along with the commitment of individual and corporate donors, that made United Way’s 2013 campaign a success.”

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